Category: Gum Disease

Two Cleanings a Year Put Teeth in the Clear

smile green backgroundEvery six months, you should visit Des Moines dentist, Dr. Jessica Johnson for a checkup and cleaning. This is the most effective way to avoid severe gum disease and cavities which can heighten your risk for tooth decay, dental abscesses, tooth loss, and jawbone depletion. Once your oral health becomes that declined, it can be costly (both time wise and financially) to get your grin back in shape again. Preventive cleanings are the type that you’re used to during your biannual dental examination schedule.  If you get off track or avoid going to the dentist, you may require a deeper cleaning.

A Typical Dental Cleaning

The typical dental cleaning is also clinically known as prophylaxis. This is the sort of dental examination which most people receive when they attend a dental visit on schedule. The focus of this type of cleaning is maintenance; namely plaque/tartar removal. Preventive dental checkup steps help to prevent oral infections, such as periodontal (gum) disease and cavities. When performing a basic dental checkup, a dental hygienist may use a variety of tools to scrape plaque and tartar buildup from your teeth. The hygienist will also floss teeth to remove bacteria from the surfaces that are unreachable by dental instruments, and polish your teeth with a powered toothbrush.

Root Planing and Scaling

A second type of dental cleaning is necessary when bacteria are winning the battle inside your mouth. Also known as root planing and scaling, deep cleanings are typically performed on patients who have developed gum disease which is getting beyond gingivitis (early gum disease). A patient with periodontitis (severe gum disease) often develops bacteria-filled pockets between teeth and gums. These germs attack the base of teeth and the surrounding periodontal ligaments and tissues. If you ignore this condition, periodontitis can result in tooth loss.

Visit your Des Moines Dentist

When was the last time you had a dental cleaning? If it has been more than six months since your last dental visit, you are due for a checkup. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Jessica Johnson today by calling 515-223-9764. Our 50266 dentist office welcomes patients from West Des Moines, Waukee, Clive, and nearby Des Moines metro communities.

A New Potential Gum Disease Fighter: Protein

ScientistMicroscopeGum disease garners plenty of focus in the world of dentistry. The condition (more formally known as periodontitis) leads to tooth decay and potentially tooth loss. Lately, gum disease has been linked to more serious conditions of overall health, such as heart disease, diabetes, and pre-term labor. Fortunately, scientists are making exciting discoveries every day that will help with the battle against gum disease, and any of the infections oral-systemic implications. Des Moines, IA dentist, Dr. Jessica Johnson, will highlight one such study.

Details of the Research Study

The research report was presented at the 244th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society. Steven Little, Ph.D, reported on the research in which scientists performed laboratory experiments on mice to come up with an early hypothesis that regrowth of tissues damaged by gum disease was possible. Gum disease is a very prevalent condition, afflicting over 3/4 of the American adult population and maintaining the number one spot for adult tooth loss causes. Because of the damage caused to so many people’s dental health by periodontal infection, studies have abounded for many years searching for answer and solutions.

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50266 Dentist Tells You What Gum Disease Looks Like and How To Prevent It

floss and brushGum disease has many nasty results that can turn a healthy mouth into a very unhealthy one. Chief among these results is the ability of gum disease to attack the ligaments and tissues that support teeth until they fall out or require extraction. However, the damage of gum disease extends even beyond the mouth. Research has correlated gum disease with an increased risk of heart disease, diabetes, and certain cancers. Thus, it is very important that you know how to prevent gum disease as well as how to recognize it so that you can ensure your continuing oral health. Read below as your 50266 dentist, Dr. Jessica Johnson, helps you protect your mouth form harm.

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Des Moines IA Dentist: Why A Dental Cleaning Aids in Gum Disease Prevention

nice smile des moines 1Did you know that gum disease increases your risk of developing heart disease and certain cancers? It also puts your mouth in a perilous situation and is very capable of causing large-scale tooth loss. But what can you do to prevent gum disease? The answer, as it turns out, can be very simple. In addition to thorough homecare, attending a dental cleaning can seriously help with gum disease prevention. To learn more, read the explanation from your Des Moines IA dentist, Dr. Jessica Johnson, below.

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Des Moines IA Dentist: What Do You Know About Dental Cleanings?


A beautiful smile can boost your confidence and even help you make a great first impression. Maintaining healthy teeth and gums requires regular dental care, such as routine dental cleanings. At Valley Ridge Family Dental, we offer thorough and comfortable dental cleanings to help your smile maintain optimal health and beauty. In today’s blog, your Des Moines dentist, Dr. Jessica Johnson, uses a fun and informative quiz to discuss the importance of dental cleanings.

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6150 Village View Drive, #109,
West Des Moines, IA, 50266
Phone: 515.223.9764
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